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Cardboard cops and monkey noises - all in a day's work

Trail RCMP fielded some strange calls Saturday, one in the Pend O’Rielle area and the other in Rossland.

"On Aug. 6, at 3:32 p.m. Trail and Greater District RCMP officers responded to a complaint of a shirtless, shoeless 34-year-old Kelowna woman causing a disturbance," said Trail Top Cop RCMP Sgt. Mike Wicentowich.

"The woman, allegedly under the influence of an illicit drug, was disturbing her neighbours with her ongoing screaming in the area. After officers arrived, she told them that she believed they were made of cardboard," Wicentowich said. "Officers noted that she did not have a responsible caretaker to manage her immediate safety and well-being, and decide to take her into police custody. Trail RCMP provide the woman with a shirt; however, she declined a pair of shoes offered to her. The 34-year-old woman was released from police custody when sober.

I assumed she realized upon her release that her situation, and the officers, were very real.

Later that same day, RCMP were dispatched to Rossland for another unusual call.

"On Aug.6, at 10:55 p.m., a frontline Trail and Greater District RCMP officer received a report that a man was making monkey noises while standing on the roof of a building in the 2100 block of Columbia Avenue, in Rossland. The officer conducted patrols but did not locate the man," said Wicentowich.

We assumed the man making monkey noises was his celebration for making it on top of the building without falling and hurting himself. Trail RCMP recommends he, and others, pursue safe climbs at our local climbing gym.